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Key to 73 Education Foundation Wants Your Input

Please assist the Key to 73 Education Foundation choose an inaugural gift for each Hawthorn school.  The Key to 73 Education Foundation was established to raise private sector funds to support the goals of the District’s Strategic Plan. In its first year, the foundation would like to present each school with a gift to be used by all of the students. Please take a short survey to help select the option most valued by all for each school.

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District 73 Schedules Community Engagement Meetings

The Hawthorn School District 73 Board of Education is inviting the public to a series of community engagement meetings to discuss how to resolve the District’s space challenges. Currently, District 73 is at capacity and it is growing.

The six meetings will include presentations by the Board of Education and opportunities for community members to provide their feedback and advice. The first two meetings will focus on prioritizing solutions. The April 30 meeting will be a working meeting. The later meetings will focus on communicating solutions. The meetings will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the following dates and locations:

  • Thursday, April 5, Elementary North, 301 Hawthorn Parkway in Vernon Hills
  • Tuesday, April 17, Elementary South, 430 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills
  • Monday, April 30, Middle School North, 201 Hawthorn Parkway in Vernon Hills
  • Thursday, May 10, Aspen Elementary, 500 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills (this meeting is tentative)
  • Monday, May 21, Middle School South, 600 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills
  • Wednesday, May 30, Townline Elementary, 810 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills

Spanish translators will be present. Childcare will be provided on April 5, May 21 and May 30. If you need childcare, please register at least one week prior to the date of the meeting you wish to attend. Send an email with the number of children attending to: petersonw@hawthorn73.org.

Hawthorn School District 73 is a preschool through eighth-grade public school district serving approximately 4,300 students. It serves the communities of Vernon Hills, Mundelein, Libertyville, Indian Creek and unincorporated areas of Lake County, Illinois.

Message Regarding National School Walkouts

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Today I reach out to you as a follow-up to my February 27th letter concerning the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. We continue to hold the victims and their families in our hearts and prayers.

There is a national social media movement underway for students to protest school violence by walking out of class on March 14th and April 20th.  These walkouts have been advertised for specific times for students to participate. It is our plan for All Hawthorn School District 73 students and staff to remain in school. (Continued)


Estimados padres y guardianes,

Hoy me dirijo a ustedes después de mi carta del 27 de febrero sobre la tragedia en Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School en Florida. Continuamos manteniendo a las víctimas y sus familias en nuestros corazones y oraciones.

Se está IIevando a cabo un movimiento nacional de medios sociales para que los estudiantes protesten contra la violencia escolar al salir de la clase el 14 de marzo y el 20 de abril.  Estas protestas han sido anunciadas con horarios específicos para que los estudiantes participen.  Es nuestro plan que los estudiantes y todo el personal de Distrito Escolar 73 de Hawthorn permanezcan en la escuela. (Continued)

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Aspen Students Have a Bad Hair Day

Last Friday, Aspen Elementary students had a bad hair day. Students were encouraged to come to school with creative hairstyles. As a result, bad hair was everywhere. Students looked like they were caught in a wind tunnel, joined a circus or had just stepped out of a Star Wars movie. They had lots of fun.

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Aspen Fifth-grader is a Sectional Spelling Bee Champion

Fifth-grade Aspen student Aishi A. moved on to new heights after she won Aspen’s fourth and fifth grade spelling bee. She was among four winners of the sectional spelling bee on February 27 at South Park Elementary School in Deerfield. The winners included two eighth graders and one seventh grader in addition to Aishi. Students from 45 schools competed against each other ranging from fourth through eighth grade. Students learned close to 1,600 words from 14 different languages including French, Slavic, German, Asian, Japanese and Spanish. Words that Aishi spelled included nachtmusik and turducken. Her winning word was “skirling”. Next, she will compete in the regional spelling bee at the College of Lake County on March 15.

Royceale Woods, Regional Superintendent of Schools for Lake County, sent a letter to congratulate Aishi on becoming a sectional finalist.  Aspen Elementary is thrilled about Aishi’s accomplishment and is wishing her the best of luck as she competes against other sectional finalists in Lake County for a spot at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C.

School Safety Update

All our thoughts recently have been about school safety and mourning the tragic deaths of the students in Florida. This has created important and difficult conversations surrounding violence in our society, and then the one that has always kept me up at night — keeping our students safe at school. This has always been true for me, not just in light of the most recent tragedy.

Hawthorn has a very good working relationship with the Vernon Hills Police Department. We have a school resource officer on campus every day. The resource officer works with all staff to monitor situations, communicate with the police department as needed and help work with families, staff, community, and students in a constructive manner. (Continued)

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Todos nuestros pensamientos recientemente han sido acerca de la seguridad escolar y de luto por la trágica muerte de los estudiantes en Florida. Esto ha creado conversaciones importantes y difíciles acerca de la violencia en nuestra sociedad, y también algo que siempre me ha mantenido despierto en la noche, manteniendo a nuestros estudiantes seguros en la escuela. Esto siempre ha sido cierto para mí, no solo a la luz de la tragedia más reciente.

Hawthorn tiene una muy buena relación de trabajo con el Departamento de Policía de Vernon Hills. Tenemos un oficial de recursos escolares en el campus todos los días. El oficial de recursos trabaja con todo el personal para monitorear situaciones, comunicarse con el departamento de policía según sea necesario y ayudar a trabajar con las familias, el personal, la comunidad y los estudiantes de una manera constructiva. (Continue in Spanish)

Growing Together

We Want Your Advice about District 73’s Future

Please join us on Wednesday, February 21, for an Evening with the Board to discuss Hawthorn’s space needs for today and tomorrow. At the meeting, we look forward to your advice and guidance as we work together to set the course for our school district’s future. The meeting will take place at Middle School South, 600 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills at 7:00 p.m.

A Message Regarding Events in Florida

In light of recent events in Florida with another tragic school shooting, our sympathy and thoughts go out to the parents, staff, students and community of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. (Continued)

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Hawthorn Hosts an Evening with the Board

Hawthorn School District 73 is inviting the community to attend an Evening with the Board on Wednesday, February 21, at 7:00 p.m. at Hawthorn Middle School South, 600 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills, IL. The event will focus on how to solve the District’s present and future space needs.  The event will include a presentation and an opportunity for community members to provide their feedback and advice to the Board of Education.

The school district is growing. Over the next 10 years, it is projected to welcome approximately 700 more students. By 2026, its enrollment will reach more than 5,000 students, representing a more than 30 percent increase since 2008.  Hawthorn’s facilities have either been at capacity or above capacity for the past six years. Administrators have made numerous adaptations to manage space, including adding a portable containing two classrooms at Elementary South, and conducting gym in the cafeteria and hallways of the middle schools.

Childcare will be provided.  Spanish translators will be present. If you need childcare, please register by February 19. Send an email to: petersonw@hawthorn73.org.

 

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Maggie the Reading Dog Visits Aspen

Aspen’s second grade students were excited to meet five-year-old Maggie, who is a reading dog. Her owner, Ms. Sharon Dugan, brought her to Aspen as part of a literacy lesson.  Ms. Dugan read the book “Brave Norman,” a true story about a blind dog who saved a drowning swimmer. The children took turns reading pages of the book and petting Maggie. Students were instructed on dog safety before they pet her.